Fall Into Makeshift With Free Demo Classes

Makeshift is at 1321 Linden Court NE.

Makeshift, the children’s art and music space near H Street NE, has announced new classes, free demos and some changes to the schedule for the fall:

Tunes4Tots Moves to Wednesdays Starting Sept. 11

With Tunes 4 Tots, little ones will learn fundamental music concepts through song, movement, and play! Ages 5 and under with a participating caregiver. Register or attend a free demo on Sept. 4.

New: Chickadee

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A Year of Arts for Young Audiences at Atlas

Capital City Symphony’s Meet the Orchestra: That String Thing!

This past spring, AJ and I attended and loved a couple of kids’ theater shows at Atlas Performing Arts Center. I am very excited to see that Atlas has planned out an entire year of opportunities for kids to explore theater, music and dance. The 2019-2020 schedule of Arts for Young Audiences is here, and it includes a fantastic variety of fun and learning for … Read the rest

Still Sorting Plans for Preschooler This Fall? Consider Gan Shalom!

Gan Shalom Cooperative Preschool has openings in its 3- and 4-year-old classes for this school year starting Sept. 3. Gan Shalom offers full and partial week schedules, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Children of all faiths are welcome.

“At Gan Shalom we believe that children construct their own knowledge and develop the cognitive skills they will need throughout their lives through play and exploration,” wrote Erin Fry Sosne and Kevin Cantfil, Gan Shalom membership … Read the rest

Family-Friendly Fun at the DC State Fair, Sept. 8

DC State Fair 2017

The DC State Fair, a daylong celebration of all things homegrown, is coming up fast on Sept. 8. The family-friendly fun includes a kids’ ice cream eating contest, a kids’ watermelon seed-spitting contest and a pet parade (see more here). This year’s fair also includes a kids’ tent with activities such as origami and story time, plus a performance by King Bullfrog (see schedule here).

Limbo contest
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Folger Shakespeare Library Seeks Input From Hill Families

Kids enjoy a program at Folger Shakespeare Library/Photo by Jeff Malet

Does your Capitol Hill family love arts and theater? The Folger Shakespeare Library wants your input as it plans for future family-friendly programs. If you’re interested in helping, click here to fill out a survey.

The Folger will invite as many survey respondents as it can accommodate for late August evening discussions. Attendees will receive food, drinks and discounted tickets to the Folger’s … Read the rest

New List: Day-Off Camps on the Hill

DC Way holds one-day camps on teacher workdays, parent conference days and other short school breaks for ages 5-14.

My baby AJ (who strongly objects to being called a baby) is starting PK3 in just a few short weeks. I studied the school calendar and began to contemplate and investigate how I might cover all those parent conference days and teacher work days, lest I spend all my vacation time on those.

One option would … Read the rest